Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

English writer

Lived from: 1709-1784

Category: Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: Samuel Johnson

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    He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man.
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    He who praises everybody, praises nobody.

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    He who waits to do a great deal of good at once will never do anything.


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    His scorn of the great is repeated too often to be real; no man thinks much of that which he despises.
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    Hope is necessary in every condition.
    Source: The Rambler (1750–1752) 67
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    Hunger is never delicate; they who are seldom gorged to the full with praise may be safely fed with gross compliments, for the appetite must be satisfied before it is disgusted.
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    I am a great friend to public amusements, for they keep the people from vice.
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    I am always sorry when any language is lost, because languages are the pedigrees of nations.
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    I am sorry I have not learnt to play at cards. It is very useful in life: it generates kindness, and consolidates society.
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    I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
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    I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.
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    I gleaned jests at home from obsolete farces.
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    I had rather see the portrait of a dog that I know, than all the allegorical paintings they can show me in the world.
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    I hate a fellow whom pride, or cowardice, or laziness drives into a corner, and who does nothing when he is there but sit and growl; let him come out as I do, and bark.
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    I hate mankind, for I think of myself as one of the best of them, and I know how bad I am.